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My Top 9 Summer Crochet Makes

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With Melbourne’s dreaded heatwave approaching this weekend of mid to high 30’s (low to mid 90’s for the folks abroad), I thought I would celebrate summer and show you the Top 9 Summer Crochet Patterns I would make (and have made) if I had time. Because chick, I don’t have the time, so we might as well call it a “what if” list.

1. Le Freak Cardi

I’ll be damned if I don’t mention my very first garment pattern to y’all! I’m in love with this, and cannot wait to make my own. All you do is make 2 identical panels, sew them together and add a border. As pictured here, I made a Medium size for my amazingly gorgeous sister using Hobbii’s Rainbow Cotton 8/6, which worked up a treat. And is available from XS to 5XL. This pattern is available from Hobbii as a kit or you can remove the yarn and tools and just purchase the pattern, or purchase the pattern directly from my site here.

2. Summertime Tee

I’ve had this in my pattern stash for a while and I desperately want to make it! Breezy large gauge stitches for a lightweight and airy top, perfect for layering in sizes from S to 2XL. This beginner friendly pattern uses Lion Brand Yarn Jeans, a worsted weight yarn, for a quick project. Grab yourself a copy from Toni’s website here.

3. Springtime Shrug

This is more for those cooler nights where you just need a little something to help with the chill. Christine made this pattern for Yarnish Australia to be used with Papatya Batik DK weight yarn. This is a one size fits most. I’m a 2XL and it was snug on me, so I would recommend up to a L. The one I made (pictured above) has a smaller gauge than what the pattern asked for, but fits my stunning SIL who is a XS-S. Very simple construction and fun collar added at the end. You can purchase the pattern from Yarnish’s website. And if you would like to purchase my handmade version, that’s available here.

4. Bottle Holder

Keeping hydrated during summer is a must, so you gotta have your drink bottle nearby. I made these bottle holders for the kids at Christmas, and they LOVED them! Wore them across their bodies, modelling them in front of everyone, it was a hit. This is a super fun make that only needs 1 ball of Hobbii’s Rainbow Cotton 8/8 and is free to download here.

5. Pail Hat

By fellow Aussie designer, Kate Bridge, this gorgeous Pail Hat pattern is the perfect bucket hat for our Aussie summer. And just like I name my patterns after 70’s songs, she has this knack for making 70’s colours work throughout all her designs! If you know how to work in the yarn and am not afraid of changing colours, you better jump on to this like now! You can grab yourself a copy on Ravelry here.

6. Diana Drawstring Bag

Now, I was totally going to throw my own bag in this list, Down On The Corner Bag or Brick House Bag for a shameless plug, but I remembered I had this in my pattern stash too and HAD to share it. If you haven’t heard of The Story of a Mulberry yet, get yourself acquainted with Nathalie’s store on Ravelry. Her patterns are minimalistic geometric designs using tapestry crochet technique. A technique for intermediate to advanced makers. This particular pattern has 2 sizes available to make and Fine / 4 ply cotton. Check out the listing here on Ravelry.

7. Wonderland Wrap

Back in March 2020, I participated in a CAL with Hobbii for a 4 ply cotton wrap that I thought I would NEVER finish. I did finish it (pictured above) and I use it all the time. I love it so much, I’m designing one for myself. My one I used Scheepjes Whirl in Passion Fruit Melt which won the hearts of onlookers! All you need is 2 skeins of Hobbii’s Twister in the same colour and similar batch number for an even look. This wrap is the perfect addition to summer!

8. Bucket Bag Beauty

I will admit. I have already made 2 of these and will add a listing to my website soon for pre-orders because I enjoyed making it SOOOOOO much! This pattern uses worsted weight cotton yarn and can be made pretty quickly within a day, in fact, I wanna start another one right now as I’m typing. Go and check this one out for yourself over on Ravelry.

9. Fansea Throw Blanket

I bet you were expecting a blanket pattern on here! I caught on to the Fansea Scarf a year ago and along side it was this GORGEOUS throw using the same pattern. Honestly, this is the perfect throw to take the chill off from the aircon on a warm Aussie night. Mel designed this using 4 ply cotton cake yarn and a beautiful fan lace pattern. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Mel’s work, you better get googling (or just click here for her Ravelry store). You can find the pattern for the Throw and Scarf here.

That was my Top 9 Summer Crochet Makes that I would make (and have made) for this 2023 Aussie Summer. Was there a pattern you thought should’ve been on the list? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting xoxo


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